This week, we dial the tinsel-wrapped time machine to 1984, to revel in one of the more beautiful and festive rounds in rallying history. While Rallye Monte Carlo usually runs in late January (long after the boozenog-soaked holiday season is but a hangover in the rearview mirror), and its stages are no strangers to the white stuff, the ’84 edition witnessed an almighty blanket of powder leading into the race.
“One word summed up the Rallye Monte Carlo this year,” our narrator intones. “Snow and plenty of it.” We count five words there, but this especially snowy opener to the 1984 season would preface one of the all-time bouts in rally history, with one wily Scandinavian’s consistency and speed triumphing over the rest. Every name on the marquee here is an absolute legend of the sport — Blomqvist, Mouton, Mikkola, Alén, Vatanen, (and do note real American hero John Buffum).
For the full story, check out this article from Road & Track.